Minds Music Monday – Don’t You Forget About… Sweat In Bullet

It’s the 18th of November, 1982 and Mel Gaynor is making his live debut for Simple Minds as they play to a raucous home crowd at Tiffany’s in the “Dear Green Place”. Mel’s an accomplished drummer, no question there! But he’s still learning the SM repertoire of songs. Of course he’s familiar enough with what’s on New Gold Dream – it’s his drumming on about 70% of the album’s output. But as for the rest of the Simple Minds catalogue? He had to learn pretty quick!

Mike Ogletree was touring with them through all of 1982 and for whatever reason (he just didn’t quite fit? Who knows? All I know is I have grown a huge amount of respect for Mike over the past six months or so listening to all these bootlegs) they parted ways. I think Mike will always have a subtleness in his playing that Mel lacks (or perhaps just doesn’t use as often – he’s a hitter). And well, I guess Simple Minds probably wouldn’t have sounded QUITE so bombastic on Sparkle In The Rain and Once Upon A Time without Mel behind the kit. It’s an interesting supposition to ponder how things might have progressed with Mike there.

Speaking of Once Upon A Time and the sessions around it (and the reason behind this whole MMM post) – take a listen to this version of Sweat In Bullet from Mel’s debut gig. Is it just me…or does it sound like he’s about to start off playing Don’t You (Forget About Me)? I was genuinely perplexed when the song starts, it’s only when Jim intros it as Sweat In Bullet did I have any idea of what it’s actually meant to be! Lol. Just two nights later at Newcastle and Mel has the rhythm of the song sussed and it’s sounding more like it should. By far one of, if not THE funkiest track Simple Minds have ever produced.

Let me know what you guys think. Do you hear the hallmarks of Mel’s “Don’t You” intro on it?

P.S. The artwork looks nice! 😎❤️

Weekend WhirliGIG – Tiffany’s, Glasgow, July 14th, 1982

It’s a proper old style bootleg – but a good quality one – from in the crowd rather than the soundboard.

And you get to hear said crowd go mental when Jim intros certain songs, or hear how raucous the applause is when certain songs end. Most of the setlist sparks rapturous applause and reactions, to be fair.

It’s great to hear a recording of 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall from that time. It was on the setlist through the latter part of 1982 – from the summer onwards, but I don’t recall hearing too many recordings of it.

I started listening to it last night but did my usual and started to drift off during King Is White And In The Crowd and came round during Celebrate (the mention of “she rag doll” brought me round, I’m assuming – me obviously thinking “Hey, I’m not with Jim, being his rag doll. Oh, bugger!” Lol).

Also lovely to hear an early appearance of Someone Somewhere (In Summertime), introed by Jim under its WIP title of “Summer Song”. The song was all but complete. Not sure if the repeating of the first verse for the second verse was because at that point Jim hadn’t written the second verse, or that he just made the faux pas he sometimes did (even once fully written and previously performing both different verses) of just mistakenly repeating the first verse.

The gig was just a few days after Jim’s 23rd birthday, and his voice was just sounding sooo amazing. I absolutely ADORE the way he was sounding at that point in time. There was a real richness to his tone at that point. It’s probably why I fell asleep in all honesty – just his gorgeous voice serenading me to sleep.

I will pick it up from King Is White this evening and listen to the rest of the gig.

And I just noticed the rest of the setlist. An encore of Promised You A Miracle – no surprise there, but also one for 70 Cities?! Wow! I mean, it’s a real vocal challenge for Jim at the START of the gig, let alone at the END of it! Bloody hell!

I honestly can’t imagine what I would have been like being able to see them (him!) then. I think anyone around me would have run the risk of slipping on my drool. Lol – I think I need to find an appropriate gif…

Anyway! Before I end up drowning in a pool of my own drool thinking about Jim at this gig, I better go!

Enjoy!

Minds Music Monday – This Fear Of Gods, Tiffany’s – Dec, 1981

I’m feeling anxious about the easing of lockdown restrictions. I used to be such a scaredy cat about going out and doing things. I used to stay home A LOT. Never went to gigs or hardly ever went out socialising. I’d just stay home. Lockdown has rekindled a lot of that stuff within me.

Fear of going out and mingling with people. Fear of large crowds.

”Fear is fast and I’m turning white now.” Yes.

Wow…the way this version at Tiffany’s starts. The synths and pedal effects and just – it’s very trippy. And I just love that bit of Jim saying “give me an echo, Gallagher”. Yeah, Frank. Hurry the fuck up! Lol

He def. gives Jim echo, for sure!

And I am listening away, awed, reminding myself these boys are babies! That Simple Minds is barely 4 years old and that Charlie has only just turned 22 and that they are already a musical “tour de force”.

If anyone is dismissive in front of me….daring to say “Meh, Simple Minds” I’d reply “LISTEN TO THIS! Then tell me ‘Meh, Simple Minds’, ya fud!”

(P.S. That ident pic. Virginia was talking about this photoshoot with me a few days back, saying these particular ones of the band, up on the hill, are her faves. There is one in this bunch with a guy wheeling a pram around in the background. That’s her fave. Of those ones, this one is probably mine – Jim’s face! I could pinch those cheeks! And then snog him something rotten! – In my dreams.)

Tiffany’s TARDIS Trip Tonight…

Well, that’s tonight’s gig sorted. Fire up the TARDIS…get to that front row. Gawp at the most goegous man, ever…mouth agape. Lol (Oh…and maybe take the odd cursory glance at Kenny too…)

Oh, I dream.

UPDATE: The crowd when Celebrate starts! The roar of applause! It’s fucking awesome! The bass is off-the-scale crazy. I don’t tend to give a lot of praise these days to Derek Forbes but OH MY FUCKING GOD – he was on FIRE at this gig. And Kenny is playing quick time, giving Dan not the easiest job to keep up. It’s mental! 
This Fear Of Gods! Wow! I love that bit before it starts as Jim is introing it and then he says “give me some echo, Gallagher” – meaning Frank Gallagher. I love those kind of bits…hearing those kind of machinations. Being privy to them. It’s all so bloody “professional” now. You’d never hear him say “turn me up, GG” or the like to Olivier Gerard – it would all be long sorted before us fans are present. 

And then to have FACTORY as an encore?! OMG! IN MY DREAMS! How I would love something other than Alive and Kicking and Sanctify Yourself. I mean…I love those songs…but…I wish I could be surprised a little more often. 

Yes, they had fewer songs in the bag back then, but still. The setlists are ssoooo formulaic these days – despite how much Jim can claim they “mix things up” – it rarely happens. And YES, I was ssooo happy for what I got in Copenhagen, and I didn’t expect much change in the setlist of the two gigs, and I know they had to shorten the sets. None of what I am saying here is a gripe on the Copenhagen gig AT ALL. It’s just…a general thing. The past three tours – Acoustic, Walk Between Worlds, and 40 Years Live have had the very same end and encore. 

Besides the point. Back to this Tiffany’s gig. I WANT JIM KERRR’S BABIES – Lol! Well, no, I don’t. I’m nearly 50 FFS! Baby making days are looooong gone. And I never wanted to be a mum anyway. PRACTICE. I just want the practice (of the baby-making).

It’s been a looooooooong time, man. Don’t I know it. I reckon my hyman’s reformed by now. Lol. Okay…I’ll shut up now. Just laugh and carry on. Don’t mind me. I’m just expressing some goddamn wishful thinking here.

God I can dream!

By the way…there’s another gig on the way thanks to the amazing Art & Talk.  Some of these bootlegs are my life! I mean…damn!

Magazine Clippings – 1980, 1981 – Gig Reviews, Band News and Tour And New Music Info

The first snippet is dated Dec 6th, 1980. More tour dates for SM…it’s starting to wear Brian McGee out already…

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Next – a review of their gig at Tiffany’s on March 1st, 1981 (printed in March 14th edition of NME). Brian’s final gig with them in Glasgow. Why they get labeled as being “pretentious” with their music at this point, I will never know. Anyway, the review ends unltimately positive. Thank fark for that!

The description of Jim walking onto the stage is utterly delicious. Uber cool…sex on legs. Geez, I wish! (Why was I only 10 years old and stuck in Sydney? *weeps into hands*)

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Then…the parting of the ways with Brian and the ringing in Kenny Hyslop for his short tenure. (Reported on in the NME, dated July 25th, 1981)

Then finally, info on Sister Feelings Call being (from Oct 16th 1981) sold as a separate entitiy to Sons And Fascination, as opposed to them being twinned together in a package.

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Minds Music Monday – Careful In Career, Live – Tiffany’s, 1981

A bridge version split somewhere between the demo that can be sampled on Silver Box and what gets recorded for the Sister Feelings Call album…this is the only known live recording of SM performing Careful In Career.

A song that I feel is vastly underrated within the SM canon.

A pity it is so under-appreciated and mostly forgotten. Never even warranted a live airing during the 5×5 Tour. Why is it my most hallowed Minds tracks are tracks that have very rarely or NEVER been performed live?

Careful In Career has an expression and intensity to it on a par with things like Premonition, Factory, This Fear Of Gods, Today I Died Again, Thirty Frames A Second…and yet it is left to languish.

To quote the lyric “it’s a shame”.

Billy’s Best Gigs

I am now quite a regular listener to Billy Sloan’s show each week on BBC Radio Scotland. This week was a fascinating show, with him asking the big names of music, sport and politics what their favourite gig of all time was.

At the 1 hour, 36 minute mark, you can hear Sir’s choice…won’t spoil it for you…but there is that little undercurrent of PURE FILTH attached to it. Lol (Only just alluding to something Charlie said about the title of this song, once…those dirty, DIRTY boys…I heartily approve!). He even uses the word “ogled” at one point…hmmm. I think I can hear something akin to Hunter And The Hunted now…”The Ogler And The Ogled” – seeing through the eyes of love (as opposed to hate) OH, JIM!

THEN…right towards the end of the show, we hear Sharleen Spiteri talk of her favourite gig:

SIMPLE MINDS AT TIFFANY’S IN 1981! OMG! THE ENVY! THE SHEER RAGING JEALOUSY! YOU LUCKY, LUCKY COW, SHARLEEN!!! You can hear about her “gig of gigs” from the 2 hour, 47 minute mark.

Click the image of Billy below to listen to the show. Hopefully it’ll be listenable to those overseas as well. I may extract those two bits from the show to keep for good, as the “listen again” option is usually only available for 30 days.